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SLPP ex-councillor arrested for indecent exposure, remanded

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela yesterday remanded Gamage Densil Padmasiri who is a former Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) councillor of Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council until August 02.

He was arrested by the Welikada Police for indecent exposure to a group of people including the principal of a famous girls school in Nawala, Rajagiriya at the Welikada Police premises.

Producing the suspect in the court, the Welikada Police said that the police received a complaint on 23/03/2023 about a WhatsApp group where reports defaming a school in Nawala have been shared.

Police informed the court that five or six persons, including the principal, parents, teachers and the suspect councillor were summoned to the police to investigate the complaint, and the councilor was released after being advised not to continue unlawful acts. The suspect had unzipped his trousers and exposed his genitals to the principal near the police cafeteria after being released.

The incident was videotaped by the teachers on their mobile phones, and the police said that they also received a complaint regarding the incident.

The suspect had been asked several times to report to the police to investigate the incident, but he had avoided the police and yesterday (27) the suspect was arrested after surrendering to the police.

The lawyer who appeared for the suspect said that the videos have been doctored.

Police informed the court that the mobile phones of the teachers have been forwarded to the Computer Division of the Criminal Investigation Department to obtain a report.

The former municipal councillor was arrested on charges of sexual harassment and obstructing the duties of government employees at a police station.

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Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrested

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Additional Secretary of the Health Ministry Dr. Saman Ratnayake over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin injections.

The arrest was made after Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrived at the CID to provide a statement.

Several key individuals including former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Former Health Secretary, the Medical Supplies Division Director are currently in remand custody over the Immunoglobulin scandal.

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Dickwella replaces Kusal in SL T20 Squad

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The Cricket Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has announced Niroshan Dickwella as the replacement for Kusal Janith Perera in the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) Series against Bangladesh.

The series is scheduled to commence on Monday in Sylhet.

Kusal Janith Perera, originally included in the T20I squad, will miss the series due to a respiratory infection.

Perera did not join the team on their departure to Bangladesh on Thursday. 

In light of his absence, Niroshan Dickwella has been named as the replacement and is expected to join the team ahead of the first T20I match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.

The T20I series against Bangladesh consists of three matches, with the second and third T20Is scheduled for March 6 and 9, respectively, at the same venue.

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Scholarship exam, GCE O/L, A/L dates released

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The Examination Department has announced the schedule for several key examinations for the year 2024.

Accordingly, the GCE (O/L) Examinations 2023 is scheduled to take place from May 6th to May 15th while Grade 5 Scholarship Examinations 2024 is set for September 15th, 2024.

In addition, the GCE (A/L) Examinations 2024 will run from November 25th to December 20th, 2024.

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